On Thursday, November 3 the NYU School of Law will present the 21st Annual Derrick Bell Lecture on Race in American Society.

Author of “The New Jim Crow” Michelle Alexander
Author of “The New Jim Crow” Michelle Alexander

On Thursday, November 3 the NYU School of Law will present the 21st Annual Derrick Bell Lecture on Race in American Society.

Michelle Alexander, senior fellow at the Ford Foundation, visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary, and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, will present her lecture, “Chasing Derrick Bell.”

The lecture will take place 6:00-8:00pm at Tishman Auditorium in Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012. A reception will follow the lecture.

The Derrick Bell Lecture on Race in American Society was inaugurated in 1995 to celebrate the work of Derrick Bell, a full-time visiting professor at NYU Law who shaped the law school community with his unwavering passion for civil rights and community justice, and his leadership as a scholar, teacher, and activist. The lectures examine race in American society and bring the work of Bell, who passed away in 2011, and other pre-eminent scholars and activists working for racial justice and civil rights to a wider audience.

The inaugural lecture was presented by Charles Ogletree, and subsequent speakers have included Charles Lawrence, Richard Delgado, Patricia Williams, Mari Matsuda, Paul Butler, and Bell himself. The series has explored a diverse range of contemporary race issues, from rap music’s challenge to discrimination in the criminal justice system, to “post-racial” politics in the Obama era, to the housing mortgage crisis seen through a race perspective.

 

 

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